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tragedy to a law office in san francisco in 1993. where a crazed gunman -- i remember his name but i won't say it -- with an assault weapon killed eight people and wounded six. one of those people was a brave warrior who threw his body over the body of his wife, sacrificing his own life to save hers. now, that young man was one of my son's best friends, and i know personally how these horrific and senseless tragedies live on with the survivors. the parents, the spouses, the children, the family and the friends. it changes their lives and it pierces their hearts forever. so i've told you a couple of stories about california, but let me say this. let's look at what's happened across this nation since sandy hook. in the 120 days since sandy hook, more than 2,200 americans have been killed by gun violence. hardly anyplace was spared. now, we know there are many, many firearms in america. 300 million firearms in the united states. if you were to divide that up, that would be one gun per person. of course, there are many people who just have many, many guns. now, this is a 50% increase in the
are you learning? >> wolf, a law enforcement official told me today that authorities are preparing for a long and slow investigation here and it starts with pieces of the explosive devices scattered along an enormous crime scene. even before the dust started to settle, authorities were asking what kind of explosive device created this. the picture of the bombs now starting to emerge is that they were deadly but crude. a federal law enforcement official with knowledge of the boston bomb investigation tells cnn the bombs were hidden in bags inside a metal pressure cooker. a law enforcement source also told cnn that it's likely but not certain that a timing device was used to detonate the bomb. emergency room doctors said they believed the bombs contained bbs and nails intended by the bomber to kill or maim as many people as possible. >> there were a variety of sharp objects that we found in their bodies, probably this bomb had multiple metallic fragments in them and we removed them. >> mike bouchard is a former top official with the bureau of alcohol, tobacco, and firearms. >> it cou
it was so hard to talk about. i've talked to doctors and law enforcement officials who have seen a lot of bad things in their day and they have a hard time talking about the carnage they saw yesterday. pamela, thank you very much. >> reporter: we're just getting word into cnn that president obama will make a statement 11:30 a.m. eastern time from the white house briefing room. not sure if it's an update on the investigation, if he has new news. but, again, that statement coming at 11:30 a.m. eastern time. we will of course bring it to you the second it happens. what happened in boston was terrifying for hundreds who were there at the scene when the bombs went off. it's terrifying to look at the video. cassidy brettler witnessed the terror firsthand. this is what she told cnn. >> i don't know. i mean, honestly, i got home last night about 11:00 and started to break down because i had been holding it in all day. i had been trying to remain composed. on social media and video just portray what was going on and tell my story. but by the time i was trying to fall asleep, it was hitting me,
for his wife and daughter to cross the finish line. >>> as we promised right now, law enforcement is holding a news conference right now. first, the governor of massachusetts. >> the recovery, and any of us are available to take questions from any of you. so let me start with special agent here. >> good afternoon, my name is rick delauris. yesterday at this time the effort was on saving lives and treating the injured. as soon as important tasks were completed, first responders focused on establishing the criminal investigation. the joint task force composed of more than 30 state and local and federal agencies, including the boston state police, the massachusetts state police, atf, and others responded to the scene. many of them were already there as part of the general security for the marathon already in place. the first step law enforcement took was to secure the physical area around the blast for the purpose of preserving the evidence in the area related to the devices itself. this morning, the fbi, along with boston pd, massachusetts state police and atf officially began the f
there will be quite a bit of evidence coming across to law enforcement and into intelligence. >> john: law enforcement is not convince that there is any link with the fire at the jfk library, and in a day full with speculation, much of it biased i applaud your caution on this. could this device point to one type of suspect over another? >> i don't think it can point to one. what we have here is is there is a tendency as individual details come across to say all right what does this detail imply about the suspect or potential bomber. so let's look at what we got here. we've got a situation in which the bomb did not take place at the time of finish. it took out two hours afterwards where the people have left the grandstand, the international racers have already finished and were away. did that raise questions about competence or on purpose? we have multiple explosions. the question is going to be is there more than one person involved? is it a group? is it a lone person? then the quality of the explosive. that would point to someone who is less sophisticated rather than more sophisticated. then you want
hearing is that it is what's called a bolo, be on the lookout. this was from law enforcement agencies, a law enforcement bulletin given to other investigators and all police in the area to be on the lookout for what they're describing as someone who is dark kskinned, possibly a foreign accent. they have no suspects in custody at this time. this person might have been carrying a black backpack and wearing a sweatshirt and may have been trying to get into the restricted area around where the blast went off before the explosion happened. now doctors are also, according to our sources and information learned by colleagues, are removing ball bearings from some of the people being treated, one of the victims at one of the local 4078hospitals there. this could indicate what the explosive devices were made of. it's described as screwed and sometimes small. there were said to be at least two unexploded devices. my sources are telling me one of the things they're doing, john, are to pick those apart. they would to get the dna evidence for the way they were constructed. as of now, no one is maki
. >> the president also announcing this earlier as expected. others are not taking any chances. law enforcement in washington in new york, in san francisco, are in a heightened state of alert. and miami dade police officials say they have increase d the event that attracts half a million spectators each year. today was a very sad day for athletics and for our friends in marathon running. our security plan is developed jointly with the metropolitan police and we were in contact with them soobs we heard the news. >> why don't we get back to the scene. you have new information for us? >> don, we do know now that officials are going to brief reporters at 9:30 just a few hours away. there is so much we don't know. we do not know if this attack was a foreign or domestic attack. but right now investigators are behind me on exitor street. they have set up about six or seven blocks. they are setting up barriers to make the security tighter, don. we're still waiting to hear very much tonight. >> one of the big clues will be the two devices which were not detonated. what sort of clues and information are
knit community. all right, poppy harlow, thank you. >>> the fbi is the lead law enforcement agency right now in this bombing investigation. that is in coordination with state and local police. susan candiotti on the very first steps of the investigation. good morning, susan. what are you hearing? >> hi, john. they certainly haven't stopped since all this started. they're working around the clock actively as you indicated earlier, a lot of things to pursue. they're talking to witnesses and some of those witnesses are even those who have been hospitalized after this event. now no one is being called a suspect at this time. we do understand that one of the people they're speaking with according to sources is someone described as a saudi national whose one of his legs was wounded. that person is under guard at the hospital now. again, there is a large police presence at the hospital. we're told not to read anything special into this. and we are also learning about that one injured person that they are not saying that he is involved. we do know that the injury, of course, was a result o
with his sources in law enforcement all afternoon long and, john, what can you tell us? >> well, one of those hundred people in the hospital is somebody they're interested in. this was an individual who witnesses just before the blast saw and thought was acting suspiciously and after the blast ran away. although we have to say if context a lot of people ran away. he was chased down and tackled, handed over to boston police and this is someone they are talking to now. he's suffering from burns. >> pelley: john, there's been conflicting reports about whether an unexploded bomb was discovered and defused by the police. what do you know about that? >> so you have the two devices that went off and then a number of packages that the bomb squad disrupted. we were told earlier today that one of those was a recovered device. right now there's a little bit walking back from that so we still have some reports that they recovered a device and we have some people saying it now appears that they did not. that would be unfortunate because an intact device would give them a real jump start on clues
information, john, coming from the boston globe this morning. according to a law enforcement official the "boston globe" is saying that 30 people were transferred after the attack to hospitals under a code red. that basically means with life-threatening injuries. so that law enforcement official telling the newspaper that could mean that the number of fatalities could rise. we are in the very early stages of knowing how these people will do, even after they get out of initial surgery. some, we're told, will have to go through multiple surgeries after that. >> poppy harlow. our thanks to you. those numbers that you bring up are what are so startling to so many people. one doctor overnight i heard say it was just depressing what he was seeing. another word you could perhaps use, chris, i suppose is infuriating. >> i'm sure. but the bottom line is no matter how he was feeling it's what these medical professionals were doing. if you're seeing pictures of what people were dealing with when those bombs went off you'd be amazed the death toll is not so much higher right now. no question phen
, while horrific and have caused horrific injury, what we're hearing from law enforcement sources are that they were not terribly sophisticated. they were small. it would have been much worse if it was a higher explosive like c-4 or plastic explosive so you just can't really tell yet. we don't know enough about the forensics to know was this a domestic terrorist group. it's possible, right. we've seen things like oklahoma city, that tragedy. so it could be a domestic group. law enforcement has been careful to say that's the question they can't answer tonight, domestic or foreign. >> very important to do that because so many rumors are swirling around. we live in an era of twitter, facebook, a rumor goes round the world in a few seconds and can be very damaging. is that why the president, you think, was quite circumspect in the use of language, didn't mention terrorism at all, in fact. >> that's obviously right. they want to be absolutely sure what they're dealing with before getting ahead of it. what can be said looking at past plots is al qaeda as a group has encouraged the use o
the nation's immigration laws gathered at capitol hill yesterday to put pressure on lawmakers. >> make sure that they hear from you. that they know without a doubt in their mind that keeping their jobs depends on them supporting comprehensive immigration reform. >> what we're seeing right now is an incredible amount of support, both from the left and from the right. >> the new proposal also puts millions of illegal immigrants on a path to citizenship. but only if they arrived in the u.s. before the end of 2011. those who have been charged with crimes, would not be eligible. >>> president obama will host south korea's newly elected first female president at the white house next month. they will observe the 60th anniversary of the alliance between the u.s. and south korea. also high on their agenda, efforts to counter the nuclear threat posed by north korea. >>> in venezuela, demand for a recount in the presidential election. ballots were ignored leading to an anti-government protest. the election results were certified. the winner by a razor thin margin less than one percentage point hand-pi
chief national correspondent talked the one law enforcement official that said yes there were, you know, other devices that were being looked into but they were cautious about >> and welcome back to cnn's continuing coverage. >> thank you so much for joining us. it was just before 3:00 eastern time when that blast went off and then a second one. details have been trickling in. >> there were 500 thousand people who lined the roof and have taken part in this attack in some way. investigators are slowly piecing together exactly what happened. there is a suspect who is wanted but so far they have no suspect in custody. even before the dust and smoke settled, the frantic rush began. strangers were helping strangers. >> is that blood on the sleeve? >> my pants and clothes. >> show me that flag. >> that was a flag i was holding the bhoel time. this is how the flag ended up carrying the blood. all of this victim. >> my goodness. >> yeah. >> let's go live now. where some of the victims were taken. >> we have been hearing so much about the victims. we have heard there were some amputees. some peo
. homeland security correspondent bob orr is in washington following the investigation. >> reporter: law enforcement officials say the bombs contained an explosive similar to black powder. they were laced with bbs, ball bearings and nails. trauma surgeon said many of the injured have multiple shrapnel wounds. >> they are numerous, numerous. there are people who have 10, 20, 30, 40 of them in their body or more. >> reporter: investigators believe the bombs were hidden in black nylon backpacks. and housed inside sealable metal pots called pressure cookers. pressure cooker bombs can help boost the power of relatively small devices by briefly constraining the blast. and when the cookers do explode, they can add large chunks of metal to the shrapnel spray. the i.e.d.s have been popular with terrorists. al qaeda published a how-to recipe in an on-line magazine. several of the bombs were used in the 2006 attack on trains in mumbai india. in 2004 and 2010, the department of homeland security warned law enforcement that pressure cooker bombs could present a threat in the u.s. in the failed time s
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